I am 5'11" 200 lbs and consider myself and fairly advanced skier. (I ski about anything, just not massive cliffs or ridiculously steep tress). I am from the northeast so I have a pair of the volkl ac 30s that get the job done there, I also have a pair for dynastar trouble makers for messing around in the park.
Every year I make a trip out west and I find the ac 30's struggling in the powder, I am being forced to learn way back in my stance to keep my tips up and have decided its time to put an end to this. I enjoy anything from tight trees, to big wide open bowls. I also like to do a little hiking(good exercise) Whether the fresh powder is that's were I like to go. I'm looking for a ski to provide float on the powder to handle big wide turn through a fresh powder bowl but to also have to maneuverability through the trees. To be able to handle some crud would be nice too =). As for groomers that's what my ac 30s are for.
So have I have been looking at the gotama's and the nomads and shamans from the icelandic series. I think I'm looking at going around 100-110 mm underfoot and about 180 in length.
Any and all advice on dimensions(both underfoot and length) and ski type will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot guys and girls.